A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Holiday Shopping Vendor & Craft Fair
Shop for holiday gifts. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Garner Magnet High School, 2101 Spring Dr, Garner. 919-662-2379.
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Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops
Looking for a festive event that allows your family to actually interact and enjoy some time together? Take a breath and join a gingerbread decorating workshop appropriate for all ages. Allergy-free workshops are available, with all ingredients and materials being gluten, dairy, egg and nut free. 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-3 p.m. Dec. 12. $40 per house. Family Preschool, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham. 919-402-1500, familypreschool.org.
Holiday Craft Market
Attend this special holiday crafts markets features local craftspeople and artisans selling a wonderful variety of beautiful and useful handcrafted gifts. You’ll find ceramics, fine art, jewelry, cards, clothes, furniture, body products and more, along with all your favorite market regulars. Shop for gifts and your holiday meals all in the same place. 9 a.m.-noon. Dec. 12, Dec. 19. Free. The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. 919-533-9496, thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com.
Wreath Making With Natural Materials Class
Create beautiful wreaths for your holiday door. Each participant will leave with a festive wreath. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 12. $25. Johnston Community College, 245 College Rd., Smithfield. 919-934-3051.
Santa Photo Op in Christmas Shop
Santa’s here! Bring the family to take pictures in our decorated Christmas Shop. 10 a.m.-noon. Dec. 12. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Sola Pop-Up Market
Over 60 vendors/micro-businesses will be selling their handcrafted wares. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Sola Coffee Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh. 919-803-8983, solacoffee.com.
Holiday Gift Fair
Johnny’s has sought out some of the area’s best local artisans, artists, designers, and other vendors and is bringing them together for one afternoon. 2-6 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Johnny’s Gone Fishing, 901 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-932-5070, johnnysgonefishing.com.
Beginning Glass Bead Making
This workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of lampworking. Students will use soft glass rods and learn how to make basic beads and designs. Learn about safety, melting glass, using different tools to shape your beads and simple techniques to decorate them. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 12. $65; $20 supply fee. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Preservation Chapel Hill: Holiday House Tour
Explore the beautiful and historic homes in Chapel Hill’s Franklin-Rosemary neighborhood with Preservation Chapel Hill’s Holiday House Tour. 1-5 p.m. Dec. 12-13. $11-$32. Downtown Chapel Hill, E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. 919-967-9440
Downtown Cary Food & Flea Market
This flea market takes place every 2nd Sunday of the month in Downtown Cary. Come hear some great local music, try some wonderful food from local food trucks, and shop with some of the most creative crafters and artists in the community. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 13. Free. Ashworth Village, 200 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-388-8639, nando.com/2db.
Live Holiday Centerpieces
Join designers and watch as they demonstrate the ease of creating a beautiful Holiday Centerpiece using floral foam and fresh greens. Then, create your own centerpiece. 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $35. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Holiday Thrift Shoppe Trail
The Thrift Shoppe Trail is an area coalition of 8 not-for-profit thrift shops including Durham Rescue Mission, Durham Economic Resource Center, The Salvation Army, Pennies for Change, TROSA, The Scrap Exchange, and in Carrboro PTA Thrift Store and Club Nova. Special sales and discounts are offered at each store. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960
Last Minute Christmas Shopping Expo
Come and shop for your last-minute Christmas gift and let the kids visit Santa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
Make & Take Crafts from Around the World
Bring your whole family to enjoy holiday crafting and learning about different cultural celebrations. Activities include: Peanut butter bird feeder, Diwali (Hindu festival of light) rangoli patterns, Chinese New Year lanterns, paper snowflakes, a menorah of your own, and Lakota winter count. Noon Dec. 19. Free. Duke University – Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
NC State Fairground Flea Market
Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings, the Shoppes at Dorton, and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Free. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
HappymessART Open Studio
HappymessART opens its studio for relaxed art-making alone or with company. Staff will be on hand to assist and offer inspirational material. Use the studio’s supplies, tools and space., but you are welcome to bring anything of your own that you want. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. $25. HappymessArt, 718B Iredell St., Durham. 919-286-9763, happymessart.com.
Free Expression Tuesdays
Bring your work crew out to Art Bar all day Tuesday for this special, relaxing, expressive, free-flowing painting experience. Wine is 10 percent off all day. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays. $25. Art Bar Raleigh, 6109 Maddry Oaks Ct., Raleigh. 919-307-8107, artbarraleigh.com.
Well Fed Community Garden
Come and work in the garden and then sit down to a shared meal. Bring a hat, bottle of water and dish to share. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. Free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, irregardless.com/garden/.